Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from October 31-November 6 are provided by Pastor Charles Choe of Tapestry Church, Los Angeles. Charles, a graduate of UC Riverside and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), is married to Grace, and they have three children: Chloe, Noah, and Camden.
Devotional Thought for Today
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
My wife and I have three kids, whose ages are 10, 7, and 11 months old. Everything about them is wonderful, with their unique life stages—each stage bringing new discovery and learning. Sometimes my wife and I are so enamored with the simple pleasure of our children acting age appropriately, we find ourselves saying, “I wish you never grow up.” But what if that really did happen? Never growing up, whether physically or mentally, would be a terrible thing to witness.
The author of Hebrews, in our passage today, essentially says the same thing, when he states, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food” (verse 12). The author is addressing a serious problem among his audience. They are not growing; they have remained in a state of perpetual infancy. How does this happen? It begins with the lack of interest in God and His Word. Babies remain babies, the author explains, because they are “dull of hearing” (verse 11), which is a common Greek term for mental sluggishness.
This is a timely word for us today. Many of us prioritize social media before we take time to study God’s Word. The box score or the latest Hollywood gossip is of greater interest than studying theology or hermeneutics. For those reasons, our ears are dull, and many of us have not progressed beyond the most basic summary of the Christian message.
As followers of Christ, we must commit to a robust study of God’s Word; we must find in His Word not just our guidance, but our hunger being satiated. Let’s not just skim through the most important gift God has given us. Let’s ask God to challenge us with his Word, with even the difficult teachings; and by His Spirit, let us pray that we will grow to maturity.
Prayer: God, thank You for the Bread of Life, who is Jesus Christ. Help me to eat of Your Word and grow stronger in my faith. I want to be a mature believer. May Your Spirit help me to that end. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Mark 11
Lunch Break Study
Read Ephesians 4:17-19: Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
Questions to Consider
- We are commended to not walk as the Gentiles do. How does Paul describe what their walk is like?
- What leads to the ignorance, darkening of our minds, and being alienated from God?
- How can you grow onto maturity in light of this passage?
- The Gentile walk is equal to futility of mind. This suggests the importance of our thought life as the people of God.
- It’s to due to the hardness of heart. Our minds are darkened because our hearts are not open to God.
- Personal application.
If you were to grow mature in one particular area of your life, what would it be?